The complete story, is very good. Talking about overcoming his lazy and ignorant youth, changing into a smart business minded person is very interesting.
The parts of the book where he talks about his work out regimens though seem to go on for too long.
Practical guide for living for Nerd Brain people.
I would definitely recommend this book. Hardwick's narration is fun and the content is amazing. Some might overlook this book because of the word "nerd" in the title, but this is hands down the best self-help book I've read (or in this case listened to).
Awesome, Informative, Surprising.
I really enjoyed the ending chapters of the book. The hardest part of getting things done is getting out of your own way and STARTING. This really hit home for me, and was great to hear, knowing I am not the only person who struggles with this 'obstacle.'
The final chapters, as mentioned before, really hit home for me. It's good to know that someone who was so far down the wrong path was able to right himself and become such a success!
I was pretty disappointed with the chapters highlighting the workouts he recommends. This is not to say that the entire chapter/discussion/section on personal fitness is to be skipped, but the explanations of each exercise and the phrase "2 sets of 10 to 15 reps" will resonate with people who agree with me. This was in the book, and therefore should be in the audiobook, but I ended up skipping forward, as it began to be irritating.
Chris Hardwick's delivery was wonderful. He takes an important topic and makes it enjoyable (both in the book itself and his performance). I am not a nerd but I loved this book, mostly because he read it himself.
The topics he covers for his nerd brethren are important and delivered in a way that makes you want to listen (and follow).
His delivery is great and you can tell he is excited and committed to what he writes about.
When he talks about turning his own life around and how he methodically went about it--quit drinking, got fit, improved his finances, and took control over his life. He provides a systematic way that others can follow.
I've only had it a few weeks and already played some chapters five or more times. I can't say that about many of my hundred-plus Audible books.
He's been in your shoes (if you're a nerd that is) learned from his mistakes and passed that on in this book. So far everything in the book I have tried myself has worked fairly well or else I was already doing something similar.
Normally I won't get a book narrated by its author as these have almost always been terrible, but this book was an exception. I have the eBook as well (mostly to get the charts, graphs and exercise illustrations) and I hear his voice when reading it.
I did make me pause the playback many times so I could absorb what had just been explained. It wasn't that he said anything I hadn't heard before, though some was new to me, it was more that he made it real and personal- not dry and academic as so many other books do.
I highly recommend this book to any nerd who struggles with their own mind and it's tendency to turn inward.
It's got some really good parts, some brilliant ideas, and some fun and interesting things to say but...
The author constantly talks as though he is talking directly to straight guys and assumes getting the girl is a common desire for everybody reading.
It's distracting and kinda awful.
I will however say it happens a lot less often than in other "nerd" based self help books I've impulse bought during sales.
It's not so often as to make me want to stop the book all together, so I forget that it's even a thing that happens. Then it happens again like a slap in the face.
A consistent reminder that some men think of women things you get for being awesome enough, and the men who think that way will really like this book.
Science Fiction, humor, education, philosophy, horror and non fiction are my favorite genres.
Plenty Good Advise
This is the only non medical self help book I would ever recommend to someone. There are many great books if you are looking to help better your mental health (ask a professional) but this one is pretty fantastic. Chris Hardwick is funny, open, smart and honest about his own struggles with mental health and addiction. The book is written for those who are more on the nerdy side but I think some of his tactics and ideas (obviously learned from his own professional psychiatrist) can be beneficial to anyone. Plus the book is funny and entertaining.
While there is definitely a lot of great information to digest in this audiobook, that may also be it's undo in a small way. What are great lists of ideas in the book, are just snippets of soundbites in the audiobook, leaving me wishing Chris had reformatted it a bit for audio to make it a little more digestible.
I'm a big fan of gameification of your life and this book is one of the first sources I've read or heard that explained it.
The audiobook is worth the listening time, but I would get the book to go along with it or I think you'd be lost.
If you're looking for ideas to make life's chores a bit more exciting, this audiobook gives you a lot of good insights to do it.
I'm a fan of Hardwick's standup, so I knew I would probably enjoy the performance and comedy aspects of the book. What I didn't expect was for it to be so damn useful. I got plenty of laughs, but so many of the strategies he suggests for managing one's life and productivity are really, truly valuable, especially since it is written specifically for those of us who to have a very particular sort of "nerd brain": hyper-aware obsessives who are equally creative and scientific in their interests and skills. Bonus: he makes it very fun, which is essential ingredient in getting any results when embarking on any self improvement odyssey. It's a lot easier to do the work when it doesn't all feel like someone has a Gom Jabar pointed at your jugular.
Having been drawn to books like Getting Things Done, The Four Hour Body and numerous other self help books about getting organized and systematic in my chronic and withered attempts to embrace adulthood, this has similar advice, but it is really laser focused for what he referes to as the "nerd brain", i.e., analytic yet creative thinkers who tend to be somewhat compulsive in their interests, motivated by systemic rewards systems (i.e., those of us who live for progress bars and experience points). Because his brain also works this way, he is remarkably insightful in not only giving advice that would actually work for this particular mindset, but also breaking down the WHY'S of what he proposes. For example, when discussing managing anxiety and panic attacks, two conditions he personally suffers from, he doesn't just tell you to "take a deep breath" and meditate; he actually tells you the physiological reasons that taking deep, slow breaths can conquer a panic attack (i.e., flooding the blood with oxygen,which will help neutralize the biochemicals that are flooding your system when you have an attack). For folks like me who need to analyze and understand processes, this sort of information is absolutely vital for not only grasping what is happening to you, but how you can change it, allowing you to focus on the PROCESS rather than just following instructions. While many might find the whole idea of "DMing" your life (i.e., Dungeons and Dragons style character profiling of yourself and your goals and using a similar progress reward system) as somewhat juvenile, anybody who has spend 8 hours straight playing a video game and feeling like they accomplished something will likely find value in the approach.
Aw, Hardwick is like a very smart, funny and adorable Golden Retriever that you just want to go to the park with and then you discover he can open refrigerators, douse water and diagnose blood diseases with just his nose. I mean, I knew the guy was very funny, but I had no idea how much I would respond to the actual advice and tips in the book and that I would actively implement them into my life. A lot of it is very serious advice, whether it's about career goals, health, managing stress and anxiety or just getting out of your own way. Because he presents it interwoven with the geek humor he is known for and a multitude of personal anecdotes about his own triumphs and soul crushing defeats, you are thoroughly entertained while getting introduced to concepts that could indeed improve the quality of your life. Oh, and also, maybe get some nerd tail.
I'M IN YOUR HEAD,NERD
If you like Hardwick already, you'll like the entertainment value of the book, but it's likely you can get a lot of great tips from it as well. It does reference a lot of content in the physical book, but you can go the the Nerdist Way site to access what he is referencing. Finally, Lizard Brain.